Over 220 people attended the opening night screening of the restored print of Newsfront at the Newcastle Film Festival (NFF) on 12 November at the Greater Union Cinemas in Newcastle. ScreenSound Australia sponsored the opening night along with the Newcastle Herald. The new print is part of the Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection.
Producer David Elfick and writer Bob Ellis were present and both gave an introduction to the film, with Bob commenting that Newsfront deals with issues as relevant today as when the film was released in 1978.
Prior to the screening of Newsfront, a little-known 1929 silent short film, Romance of the Surf, screened to the delight of the local audience as they recognised the Newcastle locations in the film. The short screened with live piano accompaniment performed by the Dean of the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Robert Constable.
Also in attendance on opening night were director and patron of the NFF, Yahoo Serious, and Murray Forrest and Dominic Case from Atlab Australia.
The 'Pitch It' competition on 13 November saw 15 individuals pitch their script idea to a panel of judges including Jane Liscombe (p: Cracker Bag) Dr Jane Roscoe (AFTRS) and Nash Edgerton (producer, director, actor).
The Short Film competition was only open to filmmakers from the Newcastle region. Ten films screened to a packed crowd on the final night of the festival on 14 November. Gary Eck (You Can't Stop the Murders) was the MC and the short films judged by Glendyn Ivin (d: Cracker Bag), Yahoo Serious, Kristi Street (d: Shootout Film Festival), Jane Adam (ScreenSound Australia) and Craig Anderson (w: Double the Fist). The Fan, a story of a love triangle involving a woman, a man and his jealous fan, won best film, best script, best cinematography, best sound and the audience favourite award for Jamie Lewis. A copy of this winning film will be acquired for preservation in the Archive.
Jane Adam, Project Manager, Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection